A while back, I printed a chair. This chair was not really designed for desktop printing since there were a lot of crazy overhangs—areas that needs support material. Anybody with a desktop printer knows that removing support material is no fun. No fun at all.
The downside (there’s always a downside) is that the software costs $140. But given all the trouble I had with slicing and support removal, I decided to give it a go.
I was not disappointed.
The supports were so easily removed. I just gave it a slight tug and the whole thing unravels. It’s like pulling yarn!
Unfortunately, I still managed to snap off the itty bitty legs of this chair. The support material you see in the photo above actually supports both the underside and the handles of the chair. So pulling it applied too much pressure on the bottom legs.
This is where my favorite feature of Simplify3D comes in to save the day! I can select exactly where I want support material. So I repositioned the support and basically told the printer to generate separate support for the bottom seat cushion part, and separate support for the arm rests.
The support was so lightly touching the bottom of the seat cushion that I was able to separate the chair for the block of support material when removing the chair from the printbed!
But now the real test! How to remove support from the armrests while keeping those itty bitty legs in tact.
I had to be careful, but it was actually quite easy to to. As you can see, the support just peeled right off. I didn’t even have to use an Xacto knife.
And the final results…
I printed this using 0.2mm resolution, which is a bit on the rough side for something this small. You can see the steps on the arm rests pretty clearly. When I have some more time, I think I’m going to try this print at 0.1mm resolution and see how that improves the final print. I hear there’s an option to print the outer layer at one resolution, and the inner infills at another resolution. That way you get the smoothness on the outside without increasing your print time so much.
I look forward to keep trying different things with my new printer and slicer. Keep you posted!
Today, we are launching Mixee Bobblers, a fully 3d printed custom Bobble Head. Even the spring is 3d printed! They are $25 each, and stand 2.5 inches (6.5 cm) tall.
You can choose from a variety of hairstyles, facial expressions, and clothing designs. You can even upload your own custom graphics. If you can make a Wii Mii avatar, you can make your own bobble head of you, your friends and family.
The figurine is made with 3d printed sandstone. The spring is made with 3d printed nylon plastic.
The bobble heads will come in three pieces: head, spring, and body. However, there is no need for extra tools to assemble. Just insert the spring into the head and body. Gravity will hold everything in place!
Mixee Bobbler Action Shots
Here we have Mixee Labs Co Founder Nancy and Nancy Bobbler.
Mixee Bobblers with a quarter for size reference
And of course, the obligatory puppy shot…